Archives for November 2008

Online Dating Safety Series – Tip #1 (Free Email)

Editor’s Note: Over the course of the next several weeks, Online Dating Information will be publishing safety tips to make your online dating experience more safe and enjoyable. These will be posted one tip at a time with detailed explanations. Below is the first tip in this 15 part series.

Online Dating Safety Tip #1: Use a Free Email Service

What: When you start thinking about participating in online dating, the first thing you need to do is create a new and free email account on a service like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo. Make sure the address doesn’t contain any personal information (like your first or last name). You will use this email address for any communications that end up going to email.

Why: The reason you want the free email address (separate from your regular email address) is because when you give yout regular email address, a person can Google it and learn quite a bit of information about you.  Many people use their email address on Websites or in forums and they leave tracks that search engines keep track of and make public. By having a new address you only use for online dating (and never post anywhere), you are securing your privacy so that when a person searches your email address, they will find nothing about you.

Is Online Dating Growing While the Economy is Shrinking?

An expert at online dating service Perfectmatch.com is claiming that the online dating industry is growing while the U.S. economy continues in downward slump.

“One of the hardest emotional feelings is being in the midst of bad news by yourself,” says Dr. Pepper Schwartz, chief relationship expert for leading dating site Perfectmatch.com. “We are all generally better as a team and appreciate someone who shares our values, goals and lifestyle, and that’s why we’ve seen increased traffic to top dating sites in the current economic climate.”

The theory is that people seek out love more in times of need in order not to go through rough patches alone. It’s a lot like online dating sites picking up business before the holidays – people want to be with someone.

Online Dating Magazine, however, hasn’t seen the growth throughout the industry that PerfectMatch.com is reporting. Online Dating Magazine’s reasoning is that many online dating services are cutting back on advertising budgets and more users are turning to MySpace and free online dating services to find love without paying $30+ a month.

Online Dating Magazine says that services will have to improve the consumer experience in order to justify the expenses during the economic downturn. This means better customer service, more specials, and fewer Better Business Bureau complaints.

Welcome to Online Dating Information

The purpose of the Online Dating Information Website is to provide you with articles, advice, news, and links to keep you better informed when it comes to online dating.

Online Dating Magazine estimates that more than 120,000 people are married each year as a result of meeting on an online dating service. The online dating industry is one of the most profitable industries on the Web. As the industry continues to grow, it becomes vital to be able to sort everything out.

That’s where we come in.

Through news, articles, and analysis we will keep you updated on what’s happening in the world of online dating and what new changes mean to the industry.